Der Heilige Gallus
Carl Greith was born in Aarau in 1828. He studied composition in Munich and Augsburg. He returned in 1847 to St Gall where he completed his first oratorio 'St Gall'. In 1850, the German conductor Hans von Bülow worked briefly as an opera capellmeister in St Gall, where he became acquainted with Greith's oratorio. Von Bülow wrote an enthusiastic review of Greith's music for the liberal Tagblatt der Stadt St Gallen. Of St Gall, he wrote the following: 'What one can achieve in this genre of music, using talent and hard work, Greith has achieved, and proves it here. The six-part chorus in its old-Italian simplicity and spotless purity had as uplifting an effect as can be achieved in the field of church music, even on us secular listeners for whom only music drama is the true art form of the people, the true art work of the future. Furthermore, the final chorus, which despite all its architectural and technical working-out is both comprehensible and lively, is also a true masterpiece.'
Carl Greith (1828-1887)
Theresa Plut, Sopran, Stefan A. Ranki, Tenor, Claudio Danuser, Bariton, Michael Haag, Bass, Kammerchor Oberthurgau, Collegium Musicum St. Gallen, Mario Schwarz, Leitung.
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